Leeds Arts University


Program Type: Exchange

Leeds Arts University (LAU) , the only specialist arts university in the North of England, has been a pioneer in arts education since its inception in 1846. Students enjoy a small, close-knit community in a creative atmosphere where anything feels possible. The city of Leeds is one of the UK’s most prosperous and fastest growing cities.  It is exceptionally student-friendly with a strong sports heritage, round-the-clock nightlife and cultural activities, and is highly popular with businesses in the creative industries.


15-Feb: Fall


  • Minimum GPA 3.0
  • Matriculation in a Bachelor's degree program
  • Advertising Design 
    • Portfolio: Students must submit a portfolio of recent work to the department in the online application. 
    • Students must obtain academic approval from the department advisor.
    • Students may participate in their 7th semester.

Course Information

A full-time semester credit load at Leeds Arts University (LAU) consists of 60 UK credits. Major and related area credit is available. Liberal arts credit is not available, but students may take liberal arts and other courses online at FIT at no additional expense as this is an exchange program.

Advertising and Digital Design Course Information:

Students fulfill 7th and 8th semester major and related area courses by taking two modules worth 60 UK credits in Year 2 of the the BA(Hons) Creative Advertising program at LAU.

Students must also take AD 494 - Senior Thesis Project Planning (2 Credits) online at FIT while abroad.

Academic Calendar

A detailed Academic Calendar can be viewed on the LAU website.

Students are generally expected to arrive the weekend before orientation begins.


Students are responsible for making their own accommodation arrangements for the duration of their stay. Students may apply to live in campus accommodations (not guaranteed) or search for a privately-rented home with support from LAU’s International Office.

LAU Housing

Study Visa

US citizens do not need to apply for a visa in advance of arrival. Upon entering the UK with proper documentation, US citizens are granted Standard Visitor (short-term study) status by the border officer. All non-US citizens must carefully review UK visa requirements as they may need to apply in advance for a short-term study visa. Supporting documentation will be provided by LAU after admission.

UK Study Visa

Health & Wellness

Health Insurance

FIT requires all students to be covered in the U.S. and internationally for the duration of their study abroad program. Two types of coverage are required:

1. FIT requires students to be covered abroad for the duration of their program. This policy is mandatory, therefore students cannot waive it.

Coverage abroad: UHC Study Abroad Insurance
*Students will be enrolled and account will be billed before start of program. More detailed information about coverage and claims processes will be provided post-approval.

2. FIT requires students to be covered in the U.S. for the duration of their program. Students may waive the Haylor insurance using the standard waiver process if they already have a U.S. based insurance policy with equal or better coverage.

Coverage in the US: Haylor Student Health Insurance

Wellness & Support

The Student Welfare Team at LAU offers information, advice and guidance on a wide variety of subjects, including housing, counseling and welfare, disability support, sexual health and any other student related issue.  

Program Cost

LAU Financial Budget Sheet

A copy of this form may be brought to Financial Aid Services so that a careful review of your program costs may be completed by an assigned financial aid counselor


See the Scholarships & Financial Aid page.

Application, Instructions and Preparations

How to apply